August 23, 2016 | Sun Star

THE government is eyeing to allocate P4.8 billion as subsidy for the operation of problematic Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) in 2017, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said Monday.

The proposed subsidy for MRT-3 next year is higher than this year's allocation of P3.64 billion, but lower than the P5.09 billion last year.

Apart from the subsidy for next year, the government will also earmark P1 billion for the MRT 3 Rehabilitation and Capacity Expansion in 2017.

"These are both MOOE (maintenance and other operating expenses) in nature," DBM said.

Commuters have long been complaining of the poor services of MRT-3, traversing the stretch of Edsa from Monumento station in Caloocan City to Taft Avenue station in Pasay City and vice versa.